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Digs & Discoveries January/February 2019

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On the site of Como’s former Cressoni Theater, once one of northern Italy’s great opera houses, excavators have found a soapstone vessel filled with hundreds of Late Antique gold coins. The location, now slated for luxury apartments, is close to the forum of Novum Comum, a settlement founded by Julius Caesar in 59 B.C. Thus far, conservators have removed several dozen coins from the vessel and identified five emperors’ portraits, all dating to the fourth and fifth centuries A.D., depicted on the coins.

  • Artifacts January/February 2019

    Neo-Hittite Ivory Plaque

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    (Copyright MAIAO, Sapienza University of Rome/Photo by Roberto Ceccacci)
  • Around the World January/February 2019


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  • Digs & Discoveries January/February 2019

    The Case of the Stolen Sumerian Antiquities

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  • Features January/February 2019

    A Dark Age Beacon

    Long shrouded in Arthurian lore, an island off the coast of Cornwall may have been the remote stronghold of early British kings

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    (Skyscan Photolibrary/Alamy Stock Photo)